Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

Partnership Update - 18 August 2016

County of HawaiiFrom H.E. Hersey Kyota, Chair of the GLISPA Steering Committee and Palau's Ambassador to the United States

Dear colleagues,

Please join me in welcoming the County of Hawai’i as one of the Global Island Partnership’s newest members. We are pleased to have the County of Hawai’i join our Partnership as an island dedicated to championing a culture of sustainability at the local level in Hawaii through the Aloha+ Challenge. 

The County of Hawaii joining is timely in advance of the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress and as we prepare for our annual GLISPA Members meeting (Steering Committee) in October. We are thankful for their commitment to the Partnership, inspiring leadership, and groundbreaking work with the Aloha+ Challenge.

The Honorable William P. Kenoi, Mayor of the County of Hawai’i, is represented by John De Fries, Director of Research and Development, Mayor’s Office to our Steering Committee. Mr. De Fries has shared with me the following sentiments on why they have become a member of the Global Island Partnership which I would like to share with you:

“The County of Hawaii (Hawaii Island) is a signatory to the Aloha+ Challenge and our purpose for joining GLISPA is to learn from and collaborate with our fellow GLISPA members. GLISPA affords us a new network of relationships around the world and a comprehensive perspective for building resiliency on Hawaii Island. These factors will leverage our on-island pursuit of the six sustainability goals of the Aloha+ Challenge, to be achieved by 2030.

There are five other signatories to the Aloha+ Challenge in the State of Hawaii, and the County of Hawaii will encourage all of them to consider the value of applying for GLISPA membership, as a means of perpetuating unity in Hawaii and strengthening our shared vision for 2030."

Thank you again to all of our 2016 members who have helped ensure the ongoing collaborative efforts of our Partnership including:

Association of Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTA), British Virgin Islands, County of Hawai’i, Global Environment Facility, Hawai’i Green Growth, Indian Ocean Commission, IUCN, Italy, Micronesia Conservation Trust, Palau, Secretariat of the Convention on Biodiversity, Seychelles, Silver Mountain Solutions, Rare, The Nature Conservancy, Taiwan, UNDP-managed GEF Small Grants Programme, Waitt Foundation and Waitt Institute.

The strength of our Global Island Partnership lies in its members working together to promote action to inspire leadership, catalyze commitments, and facilitate collaboration for islands. Please do reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in exploring how you can become more involved with GLISPA.

Best regards,

Hersey Kyota
Chair of the Global Island Partnership Steering Committee
Ambassador to the United States and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps.
Republic of Palau